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Aquatic Gardens, Not Aquatic Pests: How to Practice Responsible Water Gardening
California Master Gardener Tip Sheet. A water garden can be a beautiful thing, but you need to avoid growing invasive water plants that can spread into natural waterways. Three mini-posters, five pages of text, plus links to useful resources.

Publication Number:: 8369
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California Bee-Friendly Garden Recipes
Honey bees and their wild cousins are having hard times lately. See how you can help them all out by making your garden more bee-friendly, whether you have a cottage garden or vegetable garden, or even a drought-tolerant native plant garden.

Publication Number:: 8518
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Coastal California Rain Gardens
Rain gardens collect rainwater and beautify a yard. They provide an effective form of rainwater harvesting, allowing property owners to save valuable water from going down storm drains.

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Holiday Cacti
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter cacti bloom from late fall through spring, providing vibrant color at a time of year when few other houseplants look their best. Learn how to make your holiday cacti thrive!

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Inspeccione los árboles del jardín para ver si hay peligros
Cuando un árbol pierde una rama—o peor—en una tormenta, puede causar daño a propiedad o a personas, y incluso la muerte. Esta publicación le ayudará reconocer defectos estructurales de los árboles antes de que causen daño o lesiones.

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Inspect Your Landscape Trees for Hazards
California Master Gardener Tip Sheet. When a tree loses a limb -- or worse -- in a storm, it can cause property damage, injury, and even death. Here are some tips to help you recognize weak limbs and other trouble spots before anyone gets hurt.

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Landscaping Tips to Help Defend Your Home from Wildfire
You can have both a beautiful landscape and a defensible fire-safe zone (minimum 100 feet) around your rural home. Get the basics, plus helpful Internet links and a 3-part poster in this publication.

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Lavenders for California Gardens
Lavender is a delightful and useful garden plant. It can be used as a drought-tolerant low hedge, a specimen plant, a cut flower, and an herb that provides a fragrant addition to many herbal projects.

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Lawn Watering Guide for California
A straightforward method to help homeowners set up timed irrigation systems for lawns anywhere in California.

Publication Number:: 8044
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Lawns 'n' Dogs
If you feel you have to choose between your best friend and your lawn, you are not alone. This brief guide will help you have both a green lawn and a (ahem) relieved dog!

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Managing Lawns in Shade
Helpful tips for both homeowners and commercial landscapers.

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Managing Lawns on Heavy Soils
Turfgrass generally does not do well on heavy, clay soils, but there are some basic steps you can take to improve its chances.

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Mowing Your Lawn and Grasscycling
Grass clippings make up a surprisingly large portion of California’s solid waste stream during the growing season. Learn how to properly mow your lawn, how to “grasscycle” the clippings, mower safety tips and more.

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Native and Naturalized Plants for the Home Garden in Northern California
Learn how to identify plants that are native to your area, along with the advantages of growing native plants in your garden such as lower irrigation needs, better resistance to native pests, and a better fit with native wildlife and the local climate.

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No-Mow Fineleaf Fescue Grasses for California Urban Landscapes
Here's an environmentally friendly, low-maintenance way to get a "grassy" groundcover in your landscape.

Winner of the American Society for Horticultural Science 2010 Outstanding Extension Division Educational Materials Award.


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Palm Diseases in the Landscape: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Several major diseases can attack palm trees in California. Some come on gradually; others (like Sudden Crown Drop) are catastrophic. Learn to plant the right palm in the right place and then use an IPM approach to monitor and prevent potential disease.

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Planting Landscape Trees
Learn the basics of planting and caring for a new landscape tree.

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Practical Lawn Fertilization
Proper fertilization is an important part of effective lawn care. This free publication will answer your basic questions and help you establish a fertilization plan.

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Sago Palms in the Landscape
Useful tips on propagating and growing these distinctive, palm-like trees in mild-winter regions.

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Selecting Lumber and Lumber Substitutes for Outdoor Exposures
Wood used in water-intensive conditions such as the garden or waterways must be especially resistant to rot. This publication describes the various materials available.

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Sustainable Landscaping in California
Sustainable landscaping is a gardening approach focused on matching the plantings and design to a plot's native complement of soil and water resources and local climatic conditions. In the long run, the garden costs less and takes less time to maintain.

Publication Number:: 8504
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Turfgrass Selection for the Home Landscape
Turfgrass species and varieties rated from best to worst for 14 different criteria involving climate, disease resistance, and intended use of the lawn.

Publication Number:: 8035
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Using CCA Preservative-Treated Lumber in Gardens and Landscaping
Lumber that has been pressure-treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) resists decay and is commonly used in gardens and landscaping, but it does release a certain amount of its toxic chemicals into the environment. Learn how use this wood safely.

Publication Number:: 8128
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Water Conservation Tips for the Home Lawn and Garden
How to make the most of your lawn area using the least amount of irrigation water.

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